NATO Bucharest Summit Resolution on Ukraine’s Membership Still in Force: US Vice President
Ukraine, Kiev, 5 September / Trend corr. Z.Novosvitskiy / Resolution of the NATO Bucharest Summit, which states that Ukraine should be member of the North Atlantic Alliance, remains in force, Dick Cheney, the US Vice President said in Kiev making a joint statement with the Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko for media. Cheney stressed that the Ukrainian nation could solve the issue on joining NATO by themselves and none of countries has the right to put veto on this decision.
The 59th summit of NATO was held in Bucharest from 2 to 4 April. The NATO Council made a decision to delay Ukraine and Georgia's joining the Membership Action Plan (MAP) of this organization by December. Germany and France were amongst countries refusing to support joining of these countries the MAP.
The NATO summit's 3 April resolution states that the alliance welcomes Kiev and Tbilisi for their aspiration to integrate to the Euro-Atlantic alliance. "We have come to a decision that these countries will be members of NATO. Both states made a major contribution in functioning of the alliance. We hail democratic reforms in Ukraine and Georgia. The MAP is a next step for Ukraine and Georgia in the way of membership to NATO. Currently, we support the countries in submitting applications to participate in the MAP. Therefore, we begin the period of intensive interaction with Kiev and Tbilisi at high political level. We applied to foreign ministers with request to make first assessment of progress of both countries at the next meeting in December 2008. Foreign ministers are authorized to decide whether Ukraine and Georgia will be members of NATO," the resolution reads.
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